Grant Gustin has won over a generation of fans in the role of Barry Allen as The Flash on television, but Warner Bros. Pictures soon plan on offering a slightly different version with the upcoming DCEU movie take on the character to be played by Ezra Miller.
Miller recently sat down with Fox 5 DC (via CinemaBlend) recently to talk about the upcoming “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them” and Miller’s role in both the already filmed “Justice League” movie and the soon to shoot “The Flash” film. The interviewers asked how The Flash’s super speed scenes were filmed to which he said:
“Sometimes they make me run. Which I was outraged because I thought, you know, playing The Flash, this will be great, you can’t see him running so this will be easy! No, no, Ezra, we need you to run. We have this enormous treadmill that’s called, I think, The Tumblelator, that’s like 25 feet long, goes 45 miles per hour and its bouncy, like a trampoline. Pretty much a dream come true.
Then, they strap me into a harness, we do all sorts of stuff. What we’re creating is a vocabulary; where choreography meets visual effects. And what we’re trying to implement is a wide diversity of tactics of how we create these moments and… A lot of The Flash is his perception.”
The film has to compete with not only the TV’s take on The Flash’s speed, but two versions of the Marvel speedster Quicksilver seen in both the “X-Men” and “Avengers” franchises. As a result coming up with a distinct look is trickier, but we’ve already glimpsed a bit of it in the first trailer for “Justice League” which opens next November.
Meanwhile “The Flash” movie opens in 2018 assuming there’s no delays following the recent departure of director Rick Famuyiwa. Actress Kiersey Clemons plays the role of potential love interest Iris West and told THR last week she was upset over his departure:
“Rick was one of the main reasons I wanted to do the movie… Ezra and I are going to do what we promised to do from the beginning. No matter who the director is, I am going to do what I think Iris should be.”
Miller’s take on The Flash was first glimpsed earlier this year in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.